Knicks Test Raptors but Lose 16th in Row, Tying Team Record

Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 22 components and hit the 3-pointer with 7 minutes 3 seconds remaining that gave the Toronto Raptors the lead for good Saturday night in a 104-99 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Kevin Knox scored 20 components, and DeAndre Jordan posted a double-double with 10 components and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who tied a franchise file by shedding their 16th straight recreation.

Serge Ibaka had a double-double (15 components and 13 rebounds) for the Raptors, who’ve the second-best file in the Eastern Conference (41-16) and have acquired 4 consecutive video video games. Danny Green scored 14 components and sank three straight 3-pointers in the fourth for Toronto. Norman Powell moreover had 14 components, and Kawhi Leonard (11) and Pascal Siakam (10) moreover scored in double figures.

Marc Gasol, collaborating in his first recreation for the Raptors since he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, scored 7 components and pulled down 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. He acquired right here off the bench for the first time since his rookie season in 2008-9.

Mitchell Robinson scored 15 components, Kadeem Allen added 14 components and Dennis Smith Jr. chipped in with 13 components and 6 assists for the Knicks, who’ve the worst file in the N.B.A. (10-45) and have dropped 24 of 25 and 29 of their ultimate 31 video video games.

Despite the large distinction in fortunes, the Knicks gave the Raptors all they could cope with.

After Leonard opened the game with a 3-pointer, the Knicks scored the following 14 components. They moreover tied the game 3 instances early in the fourth quarter sooner than Robinson’s three-point play gave them an 86-85 lead — their first since a 38-36 profit with 3:48 left in the second quarter.

Lowry responded for the Raptors alongside together with his go-ahead 3-pointer. After Jordan missed two free throws, Green hit three 3-pointers all through a 9-4 run — interrupted solely by two free throws and a layup from Allen — to current Toronto a 97-90 lead with 3:28 left.

The Knicks closed to 99-96 on Knox’s 3-pointer with 1:59 left. They had two possibilities to make it a 1-point recreation, but Mario Hezonja and Smith each missed jumpers, and the Raptors then made 5 of their final six free throws.

SUPERLATIVES APLENTY The Oklahoma City-Houston recreation had two 40-point scorers, a tied triple-double file, and a profitable rally from a 26-point deficit.

Paul George scored 45 components, Russell Westbrook matched the league file alongside together with his ninth straight triple-double, and the visiting Thunder overcame the huge deficit to beat the Rockets.

Westbrook had 21 components, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to match the file streak set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Westbrook has 22 triple-doubles this season and 126 over all.

James Harden led Houston with 42 components, reaching 30 components for the 29th straight recreation — two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in N.B.A. historic previous, but far behind Chamberlain’s file run of 65 video video games.(AP)

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